- Air Flights
Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
- Baz Bus Hop on Hop off
The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa.
It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
- Buy back Car Companies
Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
- Car Hire South Africa
There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa.
All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
- Long distance trains
Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
- Minibus taxis
Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.
Long Distance Buses
There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).
- Mainliner bus services
These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket.
“Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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This Wild coast hotel and holiday village creates space and time to do absolutely nothing in, if that's what you desire.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
Cape Town's first backpacking hostel is still going strong and offers excellent facilities.
(Cape Town City Bowl,Cape Town)
Knysna's newest boutique backpackers lodge
Sobantu Backpackers is based on a rural farmstead perched on a hill overlooking countryside in Swaziland.
(Addo Elephant Park,Swaziland)
Shapes of Africa are the closest backpackers to King Shaka Airport in Durban.
An action packed trip from Cape Town to Vic Falls, ending in Jo'burg.
In Central PE and close to restaurants, shops and public transport, PE Backpackers is situated in a gracious old Victorian house.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)
Situated in town, Jeffreys Bay Backpackers has the best of both worlds.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
Topsail House is a perfect place to stay in the centre of Simon's Town.
(Simon's Town,Cape Town)
This Cederberg backpackers is close to the mountains and hiking trails it is a good base for exploring the area.